Saint Francis of Assisi Jewelry and Collectables
One of the most widely known and beloved saints is Saint Francis of Assisi. Born in 1181 to a wealthy silk merchant in Assisi, Italy, Francis lived a privileged, indulgent life. But rather than take up his father's trade, Francis, famously once gave all of his sale proceeds from a market to a beggar. After having had a vision, Francis began to develop a distaste for his relative meaningless life. He renounced his family, gave up his inheritance, and became a beggar. Francis preached and served the ill as he visited hospitals. Francis formed the Franciscan Order promoting regula primitiva, the rule stating that they are "To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps". He created the original manger scene, was the first to be documented as having received the stigmata, "the gift of the five wounds of Christ." St. Francis was canonized on July 16, 1228. Francis had a great love of animals and the environment during his life and tried to broker piece between people and animals. As such, he is known as the Patron of animals.
Feast Day: October 4
Patron of animals, the environment, merchants, the city of Santa Fe, lace makers, Catholic actions, and against dying alone